Let me start out by saying that I love small group. I thank God for the people that He has put in mine and Alison's life, to explore the journey that God has placed us on.
Last night as we closed out our series on Pure Sex we discussed the issue of homosexuality.
The discussion lead itself to "what does it look like to interact with people using Truth and Grace."
Where is our 12 step program that we can put in a pamphlet and teach for two weeks at church and then everybody will know how to handle each situation.
I don't know about anybody else but I struggle with this. I think I am like most people and really good with one, not so great with the other. For me I can handle the truth part. It does not bother me at all to tell someone what I think they need to hear (not always what God is saying but what I think they need to hear). I have more trouble with the grace part. I have trouble with that in every aspect of my relationships to others. I have trouble showing the grace of Christ.
So how do we get the package deal, the ability to show compassion to the people who need it most and the conviction to share the truth with those who need it most, because most of the time they are one in the same. Not to use the "sunday school" answer, but Jesus. Jesus is the answer for the world today, above him there's no other, Jesus is the way! Sorry for the cheesy youth group song but it is true. How do we learn to love and interact with the people who need Christ the most? We look at the way he did it. Jesus was considered a drunkard. He ate with tax collectors and showed love and compassion for prostitutes. How radical is that?
We tend to think that spending a few hours a month in a questionable part of town is really getting down and dirty for the Lord. I am in no way talking bad of any of our ministries. All work done for God will return a harvest. But are we surrounding ourselves with people who need what we claim to have as an answer to all thier problems.
It's like we have the anti-venom for the most deadly snakes in the world, and we store it in the petting zoo.
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